iOpener in Reading

Reading Borough Council’s Cultural Partnership awarded iOpener £1,090 to extend our trial trail making idea to everyone visiting Reading town centre. See the special project website iopener.org.uk

iOpener runs events to encourage people to look at their town in a different way by making trails around town.

Ure Move

Sophie the owl

Project dates: November 2013 – June 2014

This project is the third in the series led by the Ure Museum of Classical Archaeology, Reading. Working with three local schools, AACT as part of its iMuse Programme, will help to create simple webapps using material created by 16 year old pupils led by a student panel.

  • Ure Move app Ure Move cabinet doorsHere’s a short video demo-ing the webapp iMuse created from material produced by participants in the Ure Move project, Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, University of Reading, 2014. http://youtu.be/yifqxoiD1SI Some pot photographs are (c) Reading Borough Council (Museum of Reading)
  • Ure Move Launch 14 June 2014 Ure Move Launch posterIt is with great pleasure that the curators and student panel of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology invite you to attend the Grand Opening of Ure Move, an exciting project and exhibition we have developed with the charity Access-Ability Communication Technology (AACT) as part of Universities Week 2014. We take this opportunity to celebrate the ...

iOpener Project

iopenerposter

Project dates: During 2014

We aim to encourage communication between 16-25 year olds with learning/communication disabilities to explore their town, creating trails on mobile phones and tablets alongside same-age volunteers. The project has been extended, with help from the Cultural Partnership, Reading, to encourage others to take part – communication amongst us all.

  • iOpener in Reading March 2015 Town Hall and greek potiOpener in Reading is holding sessions in Town Hall Square 14 and 21 March. Visit iopener.org.uk for more info.
  • iOpener in Reading Reading Borough Council’s Cultural Partnership awarded iOpener £1,090 to extend our trial trail making idea to everyone visiting Reading town centre. See the special project website iopener.org.uk iOpener runs events to encourage people to look at their town in a different way by making trails around town.
  • iOpener at #OpenForArt iopener poster at openforartiOpener is taking part alongside our sister project, iMuse, in the 4-6 July 2014 OpenForArt pop-up artist exhibition and events. We’ll be trialling making a trail around 5 iconic Reading landmarks using our mobile phones and tablets like iPads. Meet us in the Oracle, old Crabtree and Evelyn shop, HolyBrook entrance.
  • iOpener Project starts up We aim to encourage communication between 16-25 year olds with learning/communication disabilities to explore their town, creating trails on mobile phones and tablets alongside same-age volunteers.

A mini-app for an artist’s exhibition

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Project dates: April – June 2013

Working with artist Jenny Halstead, iMuse is hoping to demonstrate that a low-cost simple web-app can enhance the visitor’s experience, particularly those with sight, learning or reading difficulties.

  • Volunteers in the Garden volunteers in the gardenYou can hear the artist talking about volunteering in the Harris Garden here. http://youtu.be/aj9LB4i_zKE
  • Another artist’s text-free mini-app planned Jenny HalsteadiMuse is working with artist, Jenny Halstead, to produce a low-cost mini-app for an in-exhibition iPad. Jenny recently spent a year as Artist in Residence in the Harris Garden at the University of Reading, painting and drawing as the seasons changed. Her exhibition in the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, runs from 24 May to ...

Stanley Spencer Gallery

Stnley spencer gallery interior

Project dates: January-June 2013
This is a collaboration with the Gallery.
You can read the initial project initiation proposal here.

We are blogging as we go along

iPads in schools

two boys using an ipad together

Programme dates: October 2012 – ongoing
An outcome from the Video for Communication project,iPads have been loaned to three special schools and another, mainstream school with special educational needs pupils. The idea is to let teachers try out the accessibility features and support with their pupils before making a major investment.

Preliminary feedback has been enthusiastic though there are undoubtedly potential problems in scaling up such an approach. Useful, practical information is available from Fraser Speirs blog.

We aim to collate feedback from the schools to inform others in Spring 2013.

Ure Discovery

young people lerning about computer animation

Project dates: December 2012 – May 2013
Ure Discovery is an Arts Council England World Stories funded project led by the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology.

Forty 16-18 year olds from three types of school are working with a student panel, a professional animator and a museum education officer to create an exhibition and trail. We are working with them to produce a highly-accessible app, using the drawings, video, animations, stories etc that they are providing.

The iMuse/AACT aim is to demonstrate that everyone can join in such a project and everyone can enjoy finding out about the exhibition using the app whatever their communication abilities.

Text-free book

cover of ladybird book

Project dates: October 2012 – April 2013
Original artwork by C.A Tunnicliffe RA for the Ladybird series was scanned.Visitors can sit to look through them on the iPad, tapping the animals to hear their sounds.

We have also recorded the text on the exhibition’s posters which visitors can hear by tapping.

 

iMuse in Reading

holybrook and abbey arch Reading

Project dates: January-August 2012
You can look at the imuse in Reading initial project description here.

This Project worked in partnership with the Museum of English Rural Life with funding support from the Cultural Partnership, Reading Borough Council, the Vodafone Foundation and the Foyle Foundation.
In a variety of events, from a Young Farmers’ fair to half-term activities, 600 people of all ages and ability used mobile devices trying various ways of accessing their heritage, from Tweet a Sheep to an Olympic trail.

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We blogged as we went along.

 

The iMuse Programme

boy and young person communicating using an iPad in a museum

Programme dates: October 2011 – ongoing
The iMuse programme is managed by the charity, AACT, in partnership with small/modest sized museums and galleries.

It aims to enable everyone, especially those with communication difficulties, to increase their enjoyment of, learn from and interact with museums and other visitors. We are working with museums and visitors to try out various types of mobile device such as smartphones and iPads.

We run projects, testing out methods with museum staff, volunteers and visitors.

Along the way we have made some general discoveries and raised more general questions.

iMuse Projects

  • Ure Move Sophie the owlThis project is the third in the series led by the Ure Museum of Classical Archaeology, Reading. Working with three local schools, AACT as part of its iMuse Programme, will help to create simple webapps using material created by 16 year old pupils led by a student panel.
  • Ure Discovery young people lerning about computer animationIn partnership with a classical museum, a professional animator, mainstream and special schools to produce a highly-accessible app based on ideas communicated by forty 14-25 year olds.
  • Text-free book cover of ladybird bookExperimenting with a totally text-free app with an in-gallery iPad bound as a book.
  • Stanley Spencer Gallery Stnley spencer gallery interiorWe are experimenting in partnership with the Gallery on new methods of interacting with and interpreting the Artist’s work using in-Gallery iPads.
  • Happy New Year try our Snowball Splat text-free game! snowmanSeason’s Greetings!
  • National Heritage Open Days 2014 – How Reading got its pots Town Hall and greek pot– or “From Apullia to Reading” iMuse is working with the Ure Museum and the Museum of Reading to create a mini webapp explaining how Reading got such a rich collection of Greek pots and how the two museums collaborate over their display.
  • National Heritage Open Days 11-13 Sept 2014 iMuse is helping the Museum of Reading and the Ure Museum of Greek Archeology show how Reading got such fantastic Greek pots with another mini app based on the one we did for the Cultural Olympiad 2013.
  • iOpener in Reading March 2015 Town Hall and greek potiOpener in Reading is holding sessions in Town Hall Square 14 and 21 March. Visit iopener.org.uk for more info.
  • iMuse in Reading holybrook and abbey arch ReadingThis project ran in partnership, with 600 people trying novel ways of accessing heritage using mobile devices.

iMuse has its own Twitter stream
You can view our old page and blog here.

Communicating via video

communicating using video

Project dates: January 2011 – March 2012
Ken, our Founder, and four young adult volunteers worked with two special schools to train pupils and their supporters in the use of computer-aided video communication to help them build confidence in communication.

iSay

Project dates: November 2010 – May 2011
AACT was a partner, alongside the Museum of English Rural Life and Reading Voluntary Action, in this small pilot supported by an RSA Fellowship scheme.

It brought together people in the Reading area who have an interest in IT and communication disability. As a result, and through the generosity of Widgit Software Ltd, a student project to implement a social media system was able to use their symbol system designed to help people of all ages who have communication challenges.

This was used in early tests of various IT enabling access to museums. This pilot ran from Autumn 2010 with a project to embed the symbol system taking place over the Summer of 2011. iSay then moved into form the iMuse Programme.

Summer 2010 Project

Project dates: June-August 2010
A generous grant from eaConsulting made it possible for our Founder, Ken, to have additional assistance over the Summer 2010 period.
As well as background research on communications disabilities and on fundraising, this represented an opportunity to make presentations on AACT and selective mutism to both a school and to a group of Chinese teachers during their Summer vacation course at Bulmershe Court.

Virtual Learning Academy

Project dates: 2009-2010
The aim of this one year project, led by the charity Deafax, was to train a group of school-children, with communications difficulties related to hearing impairment, in ICT.

AACT supported this work which involved 45 children, both in schools and in the Virtual Learning Centre based at Bulmershe Court.